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Reality isn't a shoujo manga, and Miku Ikenouchi's friends know that perfectly well. But then again, they are not Miku-chan. The reason for this is that Miku-chan has a boyfriend, a third year, and is content with what she has. But then a chain of events occur which leaves Miku-chan with a rival (for cuteness), her father quitting his job... and a new roommate?
スプラウト 爱情种子 爱情萌芽 รอวันรักผลิบาน (Thai) Seed of Love
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For a manga that meta-references it's own genre, you'd think it'd be a bit more self-aware.
The manga starts out with you being able to justify Miku's actions: there is a lot of change and she's adjusting. But then, you can't. She becomes super moody and doubts that her boyfriend it being "boyfriend" enough just because she saw Souhei and Miyu being lovey-dovey. On the contrary, her poor, poor boyfriend seems like a genuinely good guy and it'll probably piss you off (or at least leave a terrible taste in your mouth) how she treated him.
The main leads seem to like each other for no reason and it irritates the hell out of me. There is no development. If she had a crush on him for a while, or in middle school, or in freakin' elementary school, then he moved in and all his stuff happens, it's be more understandable. However, they're relationship goes from zero to sixty in like five chapters. I'm pretty lenient to shoujo manga considering it's the bulk of what I read but for this one just spare yourself the headache and the confusion and don't bother.
... Last updated on November 24th, 2012, 2:54am
Honestly, this story wasn't that great. I skimmed/read (more like skimmed) to the end and it was just one of those typical but terrible shoujo (no offense to others who like it). There's alot of issues with the characterizations, especially Miku. She's a pretty selfish girl, always feeling jealous of others and thinking badly of them, especially towards Miyu. I don't know why she fell in love with Sou because Sou doesn't have any attractive features and his personality was just bleh. For one, I hated her because she dumbed her boyfriend even though he was pretty nice (felt so bad for him) and lusted after another boy who had a girlfriend. But, Sou is also in the wrong. I don't mind love triangles, of course, makes it all the more interesting but this....eh, just wasn't it.
Overall, it was boring for me. The art style was nice so that kept me going as well as her other two boarders (i like them~ otaku boy haha).
It was okay.
overall, i thought it was cute, but i wouldnt read it again. it wasnt a very unique plot & a lot of it revolved around just pure drama, but the characters were cute & there was a lot of parts that just made you smile (:
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I don't know why I wanted to read it for the second time. This story was so heart wrenching! I mean, she's always crying T_T and I liked the older ex bf better :< But at least Miku and Sou-chan FINALLY GOT TOGETHER after all the pain they went through >_>
... Last updated on May 17th, 2013, 9:15pm
It's fine. It's just that I find it so irritating that Miyu ditched her boyfriend so as to confess to that guy who has a girlfriend, already. Her ex seems okay and more mature.
i don't understand the reason why does she (Miku) like Sou..? the story is not poor written or too typical for shoujo manga, standard arts. I don't know. why.. but i can't like this manga nor i hate it. =.= may be i call it boring..
HAHA umm this manga was cute but cmon.. it had so much potential but the ending seemed so rushed and some "wtf" moments especially with Miyu near the end.. that was pretty lame and random. over all, love the art, story coulda been great and it was alright
it's just.. okay but forgettable.. it could've been better and yeah Miku kind of annoyed me too >~< well at least it's got a happy ending. also, I find it a bit slow, love the drawing though & if you don't have anything else to read, then this should be fine.
... Last updated on January 8th, 2010, 10:59pm
This manga really does portray a more realistic 'teenager' kind of life when it comes to romance... The jealousy, the pain, the betrayal.. the hatred.. pretty typical. The only problem i have with this manga is i really dont like Miku [ the female lead ] I really REALLY hate her character. Im not at all with girls who cry over other boys.. who fall in love with other guys when they ALREADY have boyfriends. I really don't like the fact that she's easily jealous. Girls like that are just easy chicks. =_= Overall, i really like the story, just hate her character and hopefully it develops and matures to where she isnt such a jealous cry baby. *sigh*
... Last updated on August 7th, 2007, 3:58am
I guess I kind of understand why you guys all hate Miku. She's a crybaby, and she's coming onto another girl's man. But I personally think Miku's still a great person. She's genuinely a good person. She feels bad for liking Sohei, and even worse for interfering with his relationship, but she can't stop herself. It's not something that can be stopped. She LIKES him. She didn't choose to like him, but she did. How can you guys blame her for liking him?
I really like the way this manga concluded. Not overly romantic, not cliffhanger-y. You get just enough. Life goes on. It's simple. People are going to be people. They're going to have mixed feelings, they're going to react in stupid and jerk-like ways. They're going to do bad things and confusing things. As long as you understand that, then you'll have no problem reading Sprout. Unless, of course, people doing stupid things irritate you to no end.